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'No, no. Next question': Trump rejects collusion & Comey's claims

Voters Favor Special Prosecutor to Continue Russia Investigation Texas congressman calls for Trump's impeachment on House floor
Cris De Lacerda | 19 May, 2017, 20:38

"No. No. next question", Trump said when asked during a joint news conference with Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos if he had, in any way, tried to influence the probe.

The Washington Post has reported that former FBI Director James Comey, whom Trump fired last week, noted in a personal memo that Trump had asked him to let the Michael Flynn probe go.

Trump also said he "respects" the decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign's ties to Russian Federation, but he didn't distance himself from his earlier description of the situation as "a witch hunt".

Rosenstein appointed Mueller in an order giving him broad authority to pursue the investigation into Russian meddling, including "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump".

Trump said there was "no collusion" but added that he can only speak for himself. "The FBI has not had that special reputation with what happened in the campaign, what happened with respect to the Clinton campaign, and even you could say directly or indirectly with respect to the much more successful Trump campaign", he said.

US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly briefed senators on Mueller's appointment on Thursday, but refused to give a public statement. "But we're still getting things done".

"I think it's totally ridiculous", the president replied.

One striking piece of news emerged from Rosenstein's briefing: He told senators that he had already known Comey was getting fired even as he wrote the memo that Trump cited as a significant justification for the Federal Bureau of Investigation director's dismissal. Trump himself had already contradicted that explanation, telling interviewers earlier that he had already chose to dismiss Comey. "Because you look at all of the people on the Democratic side, not only the Republican side, that were saying such awful things about Director Comey", Trump said. "That doesn't seize up Congress", Ryan said at a press conference.

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal also told reporters that Mueller was conducting a criminal investigation, including into whether there was any obstruction of justice on behalf of Trump's campaign team.

The FBI's reputation, he said, had been damaged during the presidential campaign, given "what happened with respect to the Clinton campaign".